Minimum Wage for 16-18 Year olds

The minimum wage for workers 18-20 is currently £5.03.

Readers Question: What are the minimum wage rates for 16, 17 and 18 year olds. Should the minimum wage be increased?  Should there be a minimum wage rate for children under 16?

Minimum Wage Rates from October 2013

  • £6.31 Workers aged 21 and over
  • £5.03 workers 18-20
  • £3.72 workers 16-17
  • Apprentice rate, – £2.65. For apprentices under 19 or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship will increase to £2.60. An apprentice means the firm has to devote a certain time to training the worker. Traditionally apprentices get lower pay to compensate firm cost of training them.

Can 13, 14, and 15 year olds get a minimum wage rate?

No, the minimum wage rate only applies to workers who are 16 and above.

The youngest age your child can work part-time is 13 years old, with the exception of children involved in: television, drama, film. [1. Child employment Direct gov]

Does Minimum Wage encourage Labour market Participation?

In theory increasing the minimum wage for 16-18 year old workers would increase the incentive to join the labour market because work will become more attractive compared to studying at school and not earning.

However, the minimum wage for 16 and 17 year-olds is still relatively low. It is £3.68 for people under 18. Therefore, the benefit of working on the minimum wage may still seem insignificant compared to the benefits from studying and getting qualifications which will enable higher life time earnings.

Also many 16 and 17  year-olds probably live rent free therefore there is not the same economic necessity to go out and get a job.

Personally, I think the effect of a minimum wage for 16-18 year olds is relatively insignificant, I can’t think of many students who would give up A levels just so that they could go and work in McDonalds for £3.68 an hour.

What is most likely is that there will be an increase in the participation of young workers doing part time jobs in addition to studying full time.

Case for Increasing the Minimum Wage Rate

  • Unfair firms can pay a lower wage rate to young workers doing the same job as people over 21.
  • Efficiency Wage Theory – the idea if you pay a higher wage, you will get greater motivation and labour productivity.

Problems of Increasing the Minimum Wage Rate for young workers

  1. Could lead to unemployment and less job opportunities. Many firms may be unwilling to employ workers if there is a significant increase in the minimum wage rate. This would particularly affect labour intensive industries like hairdressers and cafes.
  2. Arguably young workers lack experience and so firms need to spend time and money on training them. Therefore a lower minimum wage rate is justified to pay for the costs of on-the job training.

How Does the UK compare to other countries?

The UK minimum wage compares well compared to other countries like the US, Spain and Portugal, but still lower than some EU countries. International minimum wage rates

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233 Responses to Minimum Wage for 16-18 Year olds

  1. kalem August 8, 2008 at 10:00 pm #

    my son works 11 hours a week because this is the kind of work he wants to do i think it discusting they work for so little he brings in 130 a week working on a demolition company and he loves it i think the goverment should put this this min wage up it might make half these young kids get a job instead of dossing all the time

  2. Mrs Wendy Hanson August 9, 2008 at 3:09 am #

    What about 13 year olds who do paper rounds, delivering very early in the morning and straight after school 7 days a week for a set amount per paper delivered?

  3. aimee September 11, 2008 at 2:35 pm #

    i worked from 8.30-5.30/6pm 5 days a week this summer for £80 a week in a hairdressers, with a 30 min break whenever i could grab it. this is a fixed amount, even if i worked an hour over because we still had clients.
    is this wrong? i roughly calculated it was aroun 1.70-1.80 an hour. email me opinions on [email protected]
    Aimee

  4. laura & Vicki September 23, 2008 at 11:22 am #

    we work in the Home Bargains for £3.85 per hour. we work on a till for 9 hours on a saturday and 6 hours on a sunday. we are both 17 years old.

  5. James Lyden January 28, 2009 at 1:55 pm #

    i am 13 and do not yet have a job and i am wondering how much adverage i will be payed an hour for a paperround

  6. julie Lane February 13, 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    My niece works for a big international hairdresses.She works from nine in the morning till six at night with 30 min break.My niece earns £20, she is only 15.When i questioned the manager the reply i got you should be made up we let her work here. This cheap labour should be stopped.

  7. andrew May 10, 2009 at 11:50 pm #

    i have just got a job at a pub run by the weatherspoons industry.
    I turned 16 in april and wanted a job desperatly as i hate not being able to afford to go out on the weekends and not being able to pay for simple things such as food, the cinema and other small things. Now i will be working 5 hours friday night, 9 hours saturday and 9 hours sunday, the most i believe i will earn is 108 pound a week. The least on minumum wage is 80 sumthing pound.
    Tbh im not surprised people turn to drug dealing and other petty crimes. This amount of money is extortionate.
    If i go to the cinema im classed as an adult at the age of 15 which costs me 6.50 per movie. If i want fags or alcohol or to go to a night club i must be an adult which is 18, to catch a train or bus im classed as an adult at 16. But yet my min wage is 3.53 because im NOT an adult. Well if im not a adult why am i paying an adult train or bus fair and an adult cinema ticket but i can go to an adult pub or buy adult fags or alcohol.
    To be an adult it should be ONE age not several and i think this wage is disgracefull tbh.

  8. Will Bassett May 25, 2009 at 2:15 pm #

    Hi there i’m working a part time job in a restruant and getting paid £3.53 an hour and i’am 16 years of age. However, my fellow co-worker who has just turned 17 years of age is getting paid £4.00 every hour and he is doing the exact same job as i’am. This can not be right!
    Could someone advise me on minimum wage for a 16 year old and also advise me about this problem with my fellow co-worker getting paid more than me.
    Thankyou,
    Will

  9. Matt June 4, 2009 at 11:34 pm #

    I work at primark and we’re on £3.90 an hour (I’m 17) yet people at 18 who do the same job as me are on £5.20, hardly seems fair as we do the same job!!!

  10. Omaricanan Ali June 10, 2009 at 9:14 am #

    You english are very complanin about money per hour. Be happy i get $1 per lady underwear even though 2 hours of creation. Whilst i make the underwear at this low wage to support a family of 6 you get £3.90 to sell this!!

  11. Melissa June 14, 2009 at 12:26 am #

    I’m 16 and work at a hotel for 3.53 an hour but i am the only waitress in the restaurant and having to wait on around 30 odd people a night and then waking up and doing the same. Also if i do get help i have to tell them what to do i have been working in hotels since i was 7 as my mum and dad had one so surely with my experience and the amount i have to do i should get a lot more correct or worng? also if something goes wrong in the restaurant and its not at my hands i still get the blame1

  12. Jonathan June 17, 2009 at 11:13 pm #

    I used to work on a chicken farm collecting eggs etc. I was 15 at the time and only got paid 2.50 and hour. I would work for about 12-16 hours a weekend earning on average just 25.00. The pay was terrible considering the job contained health risks. Now at 16 when I get a job any money greater than 2.50 is welcomed and I think that we as a whole should be thank ful for what we do get paid, anything is better than nothing.

  13. tammy June 23, 2009 at 2:33 pm #

    3.53 it not enoughmoney for peopleof that age

  14. Jonathan Mclean June 24, 2009 at 10:09 am #

    I live in Glasgow . I would like to work as a taxi telephonist for Glasgow Private Hire Im 16 Would They Take Me On ?

    Is Most Jobs For 16+ Or 18+ , If Its 18 Why Are They Giving Out National Insurance Numbers At 16 Then ?

  15. Perry June 25, 2009 at 9:37 am #

    Well i get 4 pound an hour and i’m 15. HA!

  16. LYNNE June 27, 2009 at 3:46 pm #

    Why is it that not only is the hairdressing industry paying less than minimum wage to 16yr olds they also use them for slave labour as in a weeks trial is unpaid, surely this is not legal? A trial is working, is it not?, not termed voluntary work therefore they should be paid, has any1 else come across this?

  17. Taylor June 29, 2009 at 1:09 am #

    I’m aged 17, And left College at 16. (Yes i did a year but could not bare the school life feeling we was told we wouldnt get) I got myself a job and was earning £5 an hour. When the new owners of the buisness arrived my wage was put to £4.50 because i was 16 yet co-workers aged 18 went up. I worked 35 hours a week and got just under £158. Personally i struggled on this, the government assume all 16/17/18yo’s still live at home, sponging off our parents but how wrong are they. People who earn more money than i do are struggling and i’m in the same situation earning less.

  18. olivia July 1, 2009 at 4:09 pm #

    I am 17 and i am currently working at sports direct on £4.00 a hour, I have been working there since nov 08 but they have not given me shifts for the past 6 weeks so i have no wage, when i do get my wage at the end of the month I am paying emergancy tax!, to be honest I do not understand this, a small part-time job because I am at 6th form and I hardly get any wage, then when I do I get taxed. I think that something should be done because when teenagers are wanting a job there is no where that is recruiting, but then when no one needs a job there is lots avaliable.
    Another thing I don’t understand is why you need a Cv say if you are applying to work at morrisons to stack shelfs.

  19. Emily July 8, 2009 at 5:55 pm #

    Ive just started a new part time job in a restaurant, im paid £4.50 an hour, i applied for a weekend job, but because im on holidays after finishing my GCSEs i managed to get a job on tuesdays, wednesdays, thursdays and fridays as well. Ive been looking for a job since i was 13 and its really not easy! Most employers want people over the age of 16, and im very lucky with how much i get paid, so basically just keep looking for a job, any money is better than none, but i would never finish school at 16 because the pay is just not worth it! the qualifications from studying are much better :)

  20. Lydia :) July 14, 2009 at 1:41 pm #

    I think that this is horrific! I am 16 and I do lots of quite tiring jobs, for very little payment. I think that it should at the very least be raised to £4 an hour! Especially if people are getting paid more to do exactly the same job as you!

  21. Kate July 18, 2009 at 8:41 am #

    I am one of the lucky ones. I am 16 and have got my first job at Brunel University. It entails serving food, cleaning up and other various things. It’s not a bad job and I get paid £6.51 an hour and get free meals.

  22. Sophie July 27, 2009 at 8:38 pm #

    Quite frankly, I think the minimum wage is absolutely ridiculous. I’m 16 and I don’t understand why it is that people over 18 get paid a substanstil amount more than people younger who are doing the exact same job, especially when 15 and 16 year olds are classed as adults on trains, busus and at all cinemas and are forced to pay the adult fare. To be able to afford the rip off that is train and bus fares, we deserve to be paid that little bit more. The cut-off age for “adult” should be one age other than several, it would make things a whole lot easier not to mention fairer when you take wages into account.

  23. Elizabeth July 28, 2009 at 10:59 pm #

    I am 19 years old and currently studying a degree, renting a house and trying to keep a part time job. I find it impossible to see how that would make me considered a child. With the minium wage as low as it is for under 21 I dont see how any young person is meant to have a positive attitude towards aiming to strive for the best… Beacuse if you cant pay the rent on the way then ur never going to be able to get past the first hurdle. I think there should be one flat rate for all ages. If two people are doing the same job then why should one get paid more then the other just because they are a few years older, at one point women were considered the lesser of the sexes and it was thought they were not worth the same wage as a man. Have we now changed this prejudice from different pay for different sexes to different pay based purely on different ages? should the actual amount of work and the effort not be put into consideration?!

  24. ?/??/? July 31, 2009 at 3:51 pm #

    Well i’m 16 and have 3 jobs and still at school i have coached gymnastics since i was 14 for £5 an hour coach trampolining for £6.5? an hour and work at a shop for £4.6 an hour.I consider myself quite lucky¬

  25. Kim Knight ( Adult) August 5, 2009 at 10:16 am #

    May I say you 16yrs old who are moaning that you should earn the same as Adults, the reason you don.t is because you are not experienced and can not be left to work on your own intiative, although i respect some young people have a very good work ethic, the majority of young people unfortunatley do not! respect the fact that someone is giving you a chance and is willing to pay you minimum wage, they could employ a polish worker who will work twice as hard for half as much and not complain!!! At 16yrs old you are very cheeky if you honestly think you should earn the same as an adult!!( go to college and improve your earning prospects there) then you might be worth it ! however by the time you have graduated you will be an ADULT!!! so you will earn the same as your counterparts, but just maybe you will earn more because your qualifications will set you above other employees ( should they then be paid the same as you or more based on their age? or do you feel you should earn more because you have spent 4-5 years improving your prospects for little or no money? whilst they were earning min wage? grow up kids welcome to the REAL WORLD and be grateful for any work and wages you receive in this current economic climate, YOU ARE VERY LUCKY!!!!!!

  26. Liam August 6, 2009 at 3:34 am #

    Kim knight well im 16 i do bar support in a Night club, they think im older than i am and i get £5/75 per hour. For the work and stupid hours i do to bring home around £100 a week i think is ridiculous, i work a lot harder than you do for your money guranteed and get treat a lot worste for it. why are people lucky for working for the sake of £3.50? would you? i want to be rich not giving up plans for the sake of £10 pound i would rather sell drugs

  27. Ivybot August 7, 2009 at 3:54 am #

    Extending the minimum wage to 16-18 year olds is a good thing I think

  28. pipi August 11, 2009 at 9:32 pm #

    currently i am ‘working’ at my local vets. I sweep and mop the floors, clean the cages, wash and dry up and help out when i’m needed. and in return they teach me about what they do in operations and let me stand in on them and on the consultations. I’m 16 and do not get paid for any of it. yet i still consider myself lucky because it’s all great experience for the future( i want to be a vet) and the more experience i get now means its a bit easier in the future. i do the occasional work for some family members and it nice to get the money even if its not much, but i don’t bother with spending it( and don’t see how others can spend soo much! whilst living at home) and am currently saving every penny i get for a car etc.
    In some ways I think that the min wage for 16-18yr olds should be raised- as we are basically adults,and some of us do have a full time job. i dont think it fair that people who are sometimes only a year older get much better paid for doing the exact same work or less then the 16-18 yr old. But in other ways it shouldn’t because we dont really have the experience which is needed.
    But whatever we get are we ever going to say its enough? because there is always going to be someone on a hire wage and its only for a couple of years on £3.53 until the min wage changes for 18+

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  30. Sian Ralph August 17, 2009 at 7:48 pm #

    I am a 16 year old girl and have been working in a cafe for nearly 2 years now and i get £4 an hour. I am their head waitress and when their is a problem it all gets put on me because i have to train all the new staff and do my job as best as i can. I work about 27 hours a week and still don’t think we are getting paid enough!!

  31. Roshni August 20, 2009 at 9:21 pm #

    I am a 14 year old girl and personally I think that is way too low! There are more and more young people not moving out of home but sponging off their parents nowadays. I don’t know when this article was written but now that it is the law to complete your A levels, I think the pay should be increased to encourage young adults.

    • Giggs May 18, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

      Good complament nice job!!!!!!
      But here in los angeles california i get payed $ 8.00 an hour for 48 hours a week!!!!! In two weeks is 96 hours and my check is 750 every two weeks!!! I get payed alotttttt!!! And also i work at mcdonalds for fulll time job and i am 19 years old i have work here for 3 years and i recieve taxes about 4780 a year!!!!!!

  32. Jade Bambrough August 28, 2009 at 1:45 pm #

    I fail to see how stacking shelves requires experience. Stock rotation and time management arent rocket science. Im 15, and im 16 in 2 months, and i have been looking for a job since last year. The only place hiring was a hair dresses, who told me i would earn £1.10 per hour, and they only had 11 hours available for me to do, at STUPID hours. £11 per week? ontop of full time education, after-school revision, and homework? HA! I turned them down. it was so not worth it. I get £20 cleaning my grandmas bingo hall which takes me about 3 hours when her cleaner isnt in. She even said that the 21 year old cleaner takes 5-6 hours, does teh same job as me, and has a horrible attitude. yeh, she was a cleaner in a school so she has more experience then me, but hoovering a large area and washing some tables doesnt require experience either.

    I know i would do a better job then half the 18-21 year olds out there, but unfortunately, there are no jobs available for me. I will have to wait a few months and then go looking again. Ive already went to a shopping centre and asked 18 places in one day, 15 werent employing, and the other 3 either payed BADLY, or you had to be 18.

    No wonder theres so many drop outs in school today. If teenagers have to turn to selling drugs in order to have enough to be able to get trains, buses, go and see a film etc, i think id prefer to get £100 within 2 hours, then work 100 hours to get that same amount. im not a stranger to hard work either, but this is not right.

    Want to know another thing? if you are classed as a young offender (been arrested under 18) you dont get £30 EMA (EMA is an allowance you get at 18) youget £60-100 PER WEEK. The council also make sure you get a job whilst in or out of school so that “you have no reason to offend again” You know what, Governments crap. Criminals get payed more then students who work hard to get somewhere in life? MAKES NO SENSE.

    Hahaa, i laugh at the people on here who say we dont deserve to be payed more because we arent old enough and have no experience. Excuse me, but my friend works in a cafe, he waits on tables, cleans tables, washes dishes, and gets £3 less then a girl who is 18. he does more, works longer, and is generally a better waiter. he smiles, he chats to the customers, hes just better. yet he gets payed way less? IT DOESNT MATTER HOW OLD YOU ARE. you should be payed according to how much work you do, how well you do it, and how long you do it for.

  33. Lee August 30, 2009 at 4:40 pm #

    I’m 15 years old and going into my last year of school. But once i finish school and i’m hoping to move out. This is off topic to the current conversation, but could people give me tips on what to do should i rent a flat out on my own or with a friend/somebody else. Also would i be able to afford the rent of a average rent a month while going to college and being in part time work.

  34. Ryan September 10, 2009 at 9:03 pm #

    I work in a news agents in hampshire and i only get £3.53 ph. Plus my parents are very strict with money and never give me any( I’m not exaggerating), so I get about £50 on top of college. I’m not on the EMA either, which is frustrating as i have friends who have £30 plus a better paid job and money from their parents. Minium wage should be the same as over 18′s, its very rare you even see 18 year olds living on their own now anyway. meaning there is no point in the getting paid more than us, life is a *****.. mine is anyway!

  35. Jo Murray September 16, 2009 at 11:45 am #

    I think you should get your facts straight because I work at McDonalds, and I earn £5.50 an hour, not £3.53.

  36. Stu September 16, 2009 at 11:47 pm #

    I work as a lifeguard and i am on constant alert on poolside 8 hour a day with one 30 minute break while still being alert for anything happening in the pool. I am looking out for danger and preventing serious accidents or death yet i am getting paid 2p more than the minimum wage is this really fair i am 17 not 12 i am trying to support myself instead of scrounging off parents but when i get paid i only go and get taxed leaving me not much better off than when i started my shift SORT IT OUT GORDON

  37. tejvan September 17, 2009 at 10:17 am #

    A minimum wage does not mean you have to pay the minimum. Companies can, of course, pay more than the minium of £3.53. It just means they are not allowed to pay less than £3.53.

  38. Bill Morrison September 17, 2009 at 9:44 pm #

    Its a classic opportunity cost scenario really. Stay at school or work. Stay at school and you lose out on the wages you could earn or the ability to do more in your free time rather than homework. So even if the min wage is £3.50 you may value the work at £5 since you get the wage plus more control over your free time. The deal is now to decide whether you feel that £5 per hour now is worth more than what you could earn in the future with a higher qualification… problem is how do you value the future? Investment appraisal techniques help but that’s for another day. Chances are that most people will actually equate £5 now with the present and not look to the future.. (after all in the long run we are all dead!) I fancy that a low minimum wage for this age group coupled with an economic recession will have little impact on improving the participation rate. Plus, getting more of this age group to participate now may well have a detrimental affect on the future productivity and competitiveness of the uk!

  39. zoe September 20, 2009 at 12:44 pm #

    I get 6.77 a hour and im only sixteen – you just need to find the right place … i spent a year and a half looking for a job and finaly two came along – i get 150 quid a week and work after college – just search for the right thing.

  40. Sarah && Ellie September 24, 2009 at 2:49 pm #

    Ref Kim Knight,
    me and my friend are both 17 and work on the sales team at a stone company. We believe you work as hard as you want to work and age doesn’t come into the equazion. Afteral thats what insentives are for arn’t they. we get paid £3.53 hourly and work 35 hours a week. We are often left to run the office when managers are away. we are fully trained to make sales order purchase items, invoicing and aranging deliveries. its not about age as i think you will be the type that is in a bog down job that isnt going anywhere, one of many people in a big firm that doesn’t no nothing and never speaks to the owner. most proberly some secretary that passes on message and that holds a grudge to us younger people that have the time to progress unlike some people Kim that are deep down not happy with their job. Im sorry but you want to be gratefull that we all work and not spunging off the taxes YOU pay.

  41. Christopher Dawson October 5, 2009 at 9:46 am #

    I work for McDonalds food store ofcorse everyone has heard of it :) im only 17 and i earn 4.35 an hour and if i work well it will go up by 10p every 6 months this isnt bad but could be much better alot of people our age complain that this is a low wage but it just genually good to have a job at this age plus mine is secure.

  42. Tom October 6, 2009 at 11:40 am #

    I live in Australia and get $16.13 an hour which is roughly equivalent to £8.97. I am 17 and when i turn 18 this rate will go up to $18.97(£10.56) then eventually i will go casual and get $22.76(£12.68) not bad hey?

  43. Chris October 6, 2009 at 8:34 pm #

    Hey i live in west yorkshire, curently working part time on a milk round, earning 5 pound an hour. Monday morning work 4am til 7.30 and same again tuesday, 2 days a week brings 38 pound 50 not bad to say im 16, great while im still at school.

  44. Ben October 9, 2009 at 11:38 pm #

    Hi, in reference to Kim Knight..

    I am 16 years old and get payed 2 pound less than any adult at my work place. I am in charge of co checking, disposals, reductions, foas (functioning on avaliability (basically if I screw up there I screw up the orders)) ect blah blah. So no, age has nothing to do with it. Give anyone 12 weeks of training and they will be as good as the next person. I do a lot of work, to a good standard. Some people in the store probably do less work and get payed MORE. Just why? While I am alrite on my pay, 4.54 (I suppose) I can’t stop comparing it to what 18+ people get. It seriously annoys me.. Its like paying a black person less than a white person. You just can’t do that, as with basing pay on genders so WHY age? As long as the job is done, in the time limit should it really matter? And another thing, 15 year olds have to pay adult prices at the cinema now.. And it is 16 for trains and busses. What the f..luck :P. The government put out a ‘generous minimum wage for 16 and year olds’.. Yeah bullshimmy.. Unfair. Not right. Sort it out! I wouldn’t be bothered if the adult minimum wage was the same.. Wow I need to punch something now cya :P

  45. Nicola Wilkinson October 14, 2009 at 11:20 am #

    im a 16 year old girl and working as a receptionist in a soliciters ive just left school and come straight in to the job i get paid 3.53 an hour i do 40 hours a week and i love the job but do seriously think 16 year old should get paid more.

  46. Sarah October 14, 2009 at 8:14 pm #

    Most of you are so stupid OMG get over it. Adults get paid more because on average they are more expirenced, more reliable and LESS IMMATURE! you are lucky most of you are still in school and do a little paper round or a saterday job at a hair dressers sweeping a floor and making tea yeah really hard work try doing a 50 hour week to be able to afford to go out on you ONE day off to be able to pay rent so that you have a roof over your head and food to f**king eat im only 16 and i do it
    my mum ( a single parent ) kicked me out because i didnt have a job try living with your mate knowing your own mother wont help you out and doesnt care that your really strugglin ! do u pay for your own internet your rent your phone bill your dinner etc??? didnt think so get in the real world!!!!

  47. Chelsea October 15, 2009 at 4:09 pm #

    I Pay £40 a month for digs. and thats not including helping my mum out. i am only 16 and i have had to work 12 hour shifts. i have to work alot of hours to keep myself on my feet. i think this minimum wage has to go up. no 16 – 17 year old can live on this wage! we are in the real world now and it pays alot!

  48. callum stannard October 21, 2009 at 11:33 am #

    i am gettin payed 3.60 an hour for 8hours and only getting 25 quid, and 18 yr olds aere getting £1.30 more just because they are older, it is not acceptable, everyone should be treated the same as others, not like dole dossers who get more money than people who have a job!!!

  49. Rick October 23, 2009 at 1:48 pm #

    i work at the bolholt hotel in walshaw. im 16 year old and i work from half past 3 in the afternoon till 2 o’clock in the morning and i get 35 pound for one saturday night and we dnt get tips because we are only waiters. its terrible but i need the money

  50. meheheheheh October 29, 2009 at 12:35 pm #

    I work in Primark and I get paid 4.17 an hour. But across the road someone the same age as me (16) that works in New Look gets paid 5.75 and hour and 50% off clothes. Here’s some advice.. do not get a job in Primark they treat there staff like, CRAP!

  51. rachel sharrock October 30, 2009 at 4:20 pm #

    hi my name is Rachel and my husband is 18 years old and is looking for a good paying job to help support me and our baby boy who will be born in february so please help him find a job he’s a dropout working on getting his GED though please please please help him out. Thank you very much!

  52. Kellie October 31, 2009 at 10:01 pm #

    In reply to Sarah, none of these people are immature, everything costs money these days, and most teenagers are made pay for things themselves, everyone over 16 is made pay adult prices for things like the cinema and bus fares etc. How can they pay for it when they get such low wages?
    If you get kicked out of your house, then that is your problem, these people have just as much right to complain as you have, I think maybe it is you that should grow up

  53. jamie November 5, 2009 at 11:36 am #

    i think its disgusting

  54. jamie November 5, 2009 at 11:38 am #

    kids should be paid 4.50

  55. Sara November 13, 2009 at 1:27 pm #

    I’m 16 and I work in a simple grocery store. I work from 7 till 5 and I get £3.50/ hr.

    Is this right?

  56. Dave November 16, 2009 at 4:05 pm #

    i think the minimum wage for people aged 16 is f£$&ing disgracefull and the govenment should be taken into a field and shot for allowing this travesty to occur

  57. salim khan November 17, 2009 at 3:20 pm #

    i am i person who likes people who like other people who also like people now i get paid 500 pounds an hour working as a a salesman who sells fake hollisters merchendise

  58. shemeck November 17, 2009 at 3:32 pm #

    hello i am from romania and i get paied 25p a hour is that gud ya?

  59. Jemma November 18, 2009 at 6:36 pm #

    Hello, i am at college full time from tuesday to friday i attend from 9 until 5 in the evening, i also have a job and work straight from college and do 18 hours a week. what is the official number of hours i should be working because ive been told it is only 12….?

  60. idelay mondestin November 21, 2009 at 5:40 am #

    give me the job for me.

  61. Calum November 23, 2009 at 1:34 am #

    I work on Produce at tesco im 16 and I get £5.28 an hour which is good for my age I take in around £230+ a month, this job is partime as I also attend college. My advice to any of you would be to apply for any vacancies in tesco its good pay and a good company to work for.

  62. Salvv November 23, 2009 at 4:38 pm #

    Some of the money people are getting that have commented on here is shocking!! I didnt know that some jobs pay so little money!!
    Like the Primark one, you would think Primark and TkMaxx are similar but i work in TK and get paid £5.93 an hour…. and im 16!!!
    If anyone is looking for a job, TKmAXX is the best bet as it pays a lot for 16-18 year olds!!!
    Supermarkets pay up to £7.50 an hour!

  63. louuu November 25, 2009 at 1:32 am #

    actually you get paid £4.25 a hour at mcdonalds if you are 16-17 and then it goes up once you turn 18

  64. Matej November 27, 2009 at 5:49 pm #

    Hello i am 17 years old and I finding job just on weekends in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Just i have one problem I am not really nice speak English. Thanks

  65. Amy November 28, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    I am 16 and I have been working in a pub in my local area for about 10 months now and I am on £4 an hour seeing as though I started when i was 15 I feel that my pay is good.
    I can see where most of you are coming from that you feel the minimum pay is a bit low but at the end of the day your employer is the one who decides on how much you receive, £3.53 in just a minimum amount that your employer has to pay you.
    All you have to think about is they are acctually paying you and allowing you to work in their working enviroment, so yes your pay not be as good as some peoples but ask yourselves out of all your friends are the only one that has got off you butt and got a job?

  66. do you think i should ask for more money December 2, 2009 at 12:48 pm #

    i am 16 and i have been working in mcdonalds in my local area for about a year now do you think i should ask for more money ?
    please give me some advice

  67. danielle December 2, 2009 at 12:48 pm #

    can you give me some advice please

  68. Scott December 4, 2009 at 7:17 pm #

    Hi, Im 16, Went sixform hated it left and now got 2 jobs, waiter and shop assistant: Waiter: bout 35 hours week, Shop: 15. is this wrong bearing in mind i do 11 hour shifts and 16 hour shifts on waiter job???

  69. Scott December 4, 2009 at 7:19 pm #

    400 – 600 quid a month ??

  70. Lucyy December 12, 2009 at 8:19 pm #

    Im 15 and i work 7.30am-5.00pm, i get paid £15 and i get a 10 minute lunch break, is that alright?

  71. Elliott Ewing December 18, 2009 at 12:42 pm #

    Hi im a 15 year old boy, work on a farm for 10 hours a day and have a 4 hour break, i earn 20 pound for these hours. Is this good for a farm job ? or should i ask for a raise ?

  72. Waqas H December 27, 2009 at 1:01 am #

    Im 19 years old,

    I work for £5.50 per hour at pizza hut as a delivery boy and get paid 80pence per drop. Theres not enough money becuase that 80pence is less than what it costs for fuel let alone car maintenance has to come out my hourly wages, so basically im working for about £1.50 an hour on average as car maintenace, repairs costs alot when purchasing parts and paying for labour.

    I also work for homebase which i earn just over £6p/h and also get 1% commission on the products I sell, so this is not a bad paid job as it does not cost me anything just hardcore labour and selling techniques.

    IS THIS RIGHT??

  73. Becky a December 28, 2009 at 5:05 pm #

    im 16 years old and work at a hairdressers which is busy.
    i work 8:50am till 6pm/6:30pm and for my dinner break i go out to get it come back with my lunch which takes me no more then 5mins and when i come back i dont get chance to have my dinner as i get called away to help.
    and i get paid £20 for the day.
    when i worked out the average pay for a 9-6 working day it came up a : £32.13 even though its only £12.13 when you add it all up over a length of time theres a difference.
    i dont know if this is okay for the hours i work
    but standing on my feet for that long only have 15min break i think its pritty unfair.
    is my view but at the end of the day i know its experience but i think we should all be entitled to the right pay and not under pay

  74. Catherine December 30, 2009 at 6:01 pm #

    I reckon since people can legally work from the age of 16 full time or part time, the set minimum wage for 16-18 should be at least £5ph…a comment earlier pointed out the clear fact that we have to pay adult faire on buses from the age of FOURTEEN, yet because we are not ADULT yet we do get paid an adult wage! How can this be justified I ask?!?!?

  75. 54 brook street January 13, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    me n my gay partner, reckon since people can legally work from the age of 54 full time or part time, the set minimum wage for 35-90 should be at least £5ph…a comment earlier pointed out the clear fact that we have to pay adult faire on buses from the age of FOURTEEN, yet because we are not ADULT yet we do get paid an adult wage! How can this be justified I ask?!?!?

  76. Alex Corner January 13, 2010 at 10:51 am #

    I am 16 and I have been working in a pub in my local area for about 10 months now and I am on £4 an hour seeing as though I started when i was 15 I feel that my pay is good.
    I can see where most of you are coming from that you feel the minimum pay is a bit low but at the end of the day your employer is the one who decides on how much you receive, £3.53 in just a minimum amount that your employer has to pay you.
    All you have to think about is they are acctually paying you and allowing you to work in their working enviroment, so yes your pay not be as good as some peoples but ask yourselves out of all your friends are the only one that has got off you butt and got a job?

  77. Breanainn Roberson January 17, 2010 at 10:00 pm #

    I don’t really think we should talk about right or wrong- businesses exist to make a profit and even if a 16 year old is as good, worse or better than an adult if it is possible to pay them less than from a business’ point of view that is what should be done, never mind personal feelings on the subject. I don’t like it but I can understand why it works this way- the only way to get a change is to stop people working for bad wages. It is simple supply and demand plus cost cutting- if many people want jobs, it is low pay, and high pay when there are few.

  78. Cameron January 30, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    I have just turned 16 and have been working since i was 14. I started off at £4.50 ph and have been raised to 5 ph

  79. natalee January 31, 2010 at 12:06 am #

    i think this is all pathetic i am in colege 3 days a week and they class that as im in full time education i get £60 a fortnight ema and that goes no were these days been searching for a job for month cant get anything so some of these people should be lucky they can get a job cause at least the money the earn helps its better than earning nothing when you havent got a job i need a job to save to get a car to get a better job and earn more money guna be retired by the time i can afford a car

  80. Mark Davidson February 2, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    I am 15. I work in Angelo’s (chip shop) in Kilmarnock and I only get £2.50 an hour. Is this fair?

  81. skint mart February 4, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

    I have 7 to 8 kids, unknown 8th, could be mine, on min wage plus 44p more, is this fair, i love chips

  82. tom February 19, 2010 at 11:08 pm #

    hi i wrk in a factory based enviroment (mechanical fitting)
    i get paid £3.75 an hour and my boss who does hardly as much has me is on £12 an hour its nt fair as i wrk my bollocks of and he tells me wat to do all day for 12 quid i bring home 145 a week for 40 hrs also i dont do weekends cos i wud get 17.50 quid for satday nt worth going in
    it also pisses me of how people younger get paid a lot less i no we havent gt much experience but being a hard wrker changes everything in my opinion

    and people wonder why people like me toss it off at wrk
    yep i wonder too haha

  83. Maisie March 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm #

    I am 16 and work in debenhams and get 4.83 an hour! very good compared to everyone else!

  84. emily-jayne March 5, 2010 at 3:30 am #

    ouch..those minimum rates look ugly..though i have plenty of friends around 15-17 who get around 8 or 10 dollars per hour around adelaide and perth,so im not scared..just gotta get a good job,like in a hotel or something :)

  85. ERic March 9, 2010 at 8:27 pm #

    Get a life! School days are the best of your life – why ruin thme by working!

  86. Paige March 12, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

    i’ve just turned 15years old, and i get paid £6 an hour for being a kitchen porter, many of the other staff were i work are upset that i get paid the same as them when i’m only 15. It is good that i get paid this much, but is it wrong that i get this much when they get the same.

    :] respect!

  87. Kelly March 17, 2010 at 12:47 am #

    I think its sick, basically I’m 17 and have left college because I messed up the first year I have decided to go back in September but need to earn some travel money I applied for 19 jobs and only 1 place got back to me I will be on £5.53 and hour and working 24hours per week at a local holiday park…I feel I should be on a lot more just because I am young…I did want to leave home but I don’t see how I can working for less that £100 a week. No wonder more and more teens are still living with their parents they cant afford to move out everything is rising in price but the wages seem to stay the same how is this fair the Government needs to sort their act out. I think they should be one minimum wage for all ages and it should be about £7.50 per hour at least that way people might be able to take better care of them selves and their family life

  88. Lucy March 18, 2010 at 6:55 pm #

    Why is life soo shit !! No wounder people relate there selfs to selling drugs and crime. You get more money i understand i am 16 my self i am still at school dont jobs noo that we are still at school WORKING HARD doing exams and homework also coming to work and only getting paid £3.53 an hour whatss the point its treating us different because of our age why does it matter if your older or younger its gay !! i dont understand when people say they have had more experience dont be so pethetic thats silly who cares weather you have been working there for years and you may be 40 !! say a 22 comes along and joins they have no experience becasue they have just started ummmm……. but gess what they still get the same money as you’s so there you have it !!! Dont understand might aswell stick me self on the dole thats what everyelse does these days no one seems the point in working !!!! As you get the same amount off them as you would a month off the dole why waste the time working when your getting the money FREE please expliain Hahahahaha

  89. bethaaan :) April 1, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    heyy i am a 16 year old girl who works on a bread stall i get a fiver and hour :) last saturdaay i walked away with 50 poundss ;) yeaaah xx

  90. ineedmoney April 22, 2010 at 10:29 pm #

    i used to work on the farm where i used to live at the age of 14-15 and i did either driving tractors laying concrete or doing cattle testing or welding and i worked from 7.30am – 8.00pm for £50 thats £4.34 and now i am 16 and looking for a job legaly and to be honest i`d rather work on the farm you learn a lot more to do with life instead of doing a machine job like do this do that i could just dos about some days but work really hard the next and i get a nice roast dinner every day i work there yeah man but i aint working legaly when i get paid like near enuff £1 off so bush that but oh well peace

  91. gemma April 24, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    if you dont like the wage … GO BACK TO SCHOOL !! if your under 18 your emplyer is soley responsibl for you so actually means they have to put more effort in …, plus the fact that its like insurance on a car the younger you are the more likely you are to crash so you pay more … the younger you are the more likely you are to mess up or call in sick or have pathetic boyfriend/girlfriend troubles!

  92. Jodie Godwin April 26, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    Hi i am 16 and i work in a cafe and it says on here that my minuim wage is £3.57 and im getting quite annoyed that im only getting around £2.50 an hour. Like for example the other week i worked 7 hours and i should have been paid £24.99 when all i got was £18.57 are they aloud do pay me lower than the minuim wage.

  93. Jodie Godwin April 26, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    Hi i am 16 and i work in a cafe and it says on here that my minuim wage is £3.57 and im getting quite annoyed that im only getting around £2.50 an hour. Like for example the other week i worked 7 hours and i should have been paid £24.99 when all i got was £18.57 are they aloud do pay me lower than the minuim wage.

  94. luke hicks April 26, 2010 at 8:21 pm #

    i am working a a caravan site i am working for 4.85 a hour and i wolk away with £139.05 a week i think this is so crap seeing i am 18 years old and hove to pay bill sush as rent and food and other bills i end up having about 40 pound to spend a week what a joke

  95. theresa May 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    I used to pay everyone whatever age the same £6.25 per hour but the majority of my staff under 18 still turned up with a hangover, if they turned up at all so I now pay the miminum wage until they have proven themselves to be reliable. I know not every under 18 is like this but in my experience they are.

  96. lesley kane May 4, 2010 at 10:58 am #

    i think the wage should be put up we are all working, i think we should all be payed the same amount. none of this aww your only 17 your not old enough to get mimium wage yet.
    who is with me on the fact everyone should be paid the same ???

  97. theresa May 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    People are paid more because of life and work experience. We all have to start at the bottom and work up. More mature people have many qualities to offer because they have experienced many situations and have more skills to offer.
    Nobody owes us a living. Prove that you can do the job. Get experience and you will be paid the rate

  98. Daniela Lauren Armillei May 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    HIya, i need some help, i work 24 hours a week and i’m 16 and i only get £75 ?

  99. jess May 12, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    your all lucky you get any money at all. stop your complaining there are lots of people who cant get jobs at all. i get 4.25 an hour and im happy

  100. Hollie May 12, 2010 at 7:36 pm #

    Some people say that older people get paid more because they have more experience. But what about if they only start work at like aged 22, they still get paid more than someone who has been working longer than them and is 17. I think that the wage you earn should be down to experience. Just because someone is older doesnt neccesarily mean that they have more experience and that they are better at the job.

  101. josh May 13, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

    were should i get a job im 16 and i will work as hard ar anyone at any age all i want is a bit of money to save up for a motobike

  102. Marion James Picorro May 14, 2010 at 6:33 am #

    I like To Have an Job Please Tell Me Where I can Find A job Like uR Son Or Else plzz tell me Add me up in yahoo….
    Cause i have no family member left ..
    thx

  103. scott May 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    i work the equivalent of half a day just over (13 hours), in a week, still at school sixteen. And earning approximatley £60 a week. i get paid 3.50 at a pub, and im not worried about the seven pence im missing out on though and 5 pound a hour at a chinese. so all in all, rather pleased!

  104. ?.?.? May 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    is it fair, i am just about to leave school and my mum wants £100 a month rent ?

  105. Thomas McInnes May 25, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    My dads keeps on saying to me to get a kob but how do i get one? Anyone help me????

  106. Garlini May 30, 2010 at 12:10 am #

    I have just collected my daughter who was asked to help out at a major theatre close to where we live. She started work at 10:00 this morning and finished around 23:00 this evening. I asked how much they paid for the work. She said £10.00. I asked what, £10.00 per hour. She said no, £10.00. I will be having strong words with the organisers tomorrow. She and a friend were asked to help. It might have been good for the experience but at that rate, the organisers will no longer use my daughter as a slave!!!

  107. Steffie June 7, 2010 at 12:14 am #

    I am 18 years old and work in a pub for £4.83 an hour. Minimum wage for my age. However one of the lads that work there is on £5 an hour at 17. It’s the choice of the bosses. He has been working there a lot longer than I have and so thats why he earns more but I don’t think it’s right. I live at home but don’t ask my parents for money as I do earn my own however one week I will work 17.5 hours and get almost £90 and other times I will work only 8 hours. Minimum wage for adults, under 22′s and 16-17 yr olds is a joke. I would love to be able to live away from home at eighteen but I simply can’t afford it and can’t get a second job as I am a full time college student studying for my btec diploma. I don’t like being payed only this much but need the money to much to give it up. Either continue your studies and get a part time job and be greatful that the goverment let you have a minimum wage or don’t work or quit studies and get a full time job it’s your choice there has got to be a reason your working for so little right??? otherwise you wouldn’t do it

  108. shaun June 9, 2010 at 12:43 am #

    im a kitchen portar nearly 17 years old earing 3.50 an hour.. i can work long hours up to 10 hours on weekends and its a tough job for what i have to do.

    and everyone is complaining, its a job your earning money.

  109. --- June 12, 2010 at 1:16 am #

    I’m 16 and currently work at a quad centre as an instructor, my wage works out at 2.94 an hour for working 9:30 – 18:00. I am now looking for a full time job for the summer but i have found allot of places wont take on 16 years old because they ‘cant deal with responsibility’ and ‘have no experience’. So am stuck working wear I am :/

  110. Rachel June 18, 2010 at 1:17 am #

    I work in a 5 star hotel and get paid 3.60 an hour, i am treated like a slave and can not put a foot wrong. I do not live at home and struggle to pay my rent and afford food every week. Just as someone is older does not mean they are doing a better job, the minimun wage should be the same for everyone! This really makes me angry, a lot of people my age do not live at home, people asume 16year olds still live at home getting money of their parents this is not a fair judgement as i know loads of people that don’t and i dont feel people relise this. My sister is 22 and lives with her boyfriend and my other sister, the 3 of them struggle and the goverment expect £3.60 and hour enough to live off! It is rediculous!

  111. Daniel June 24, 2010 at 12:51 am #

    Im on just under £5 an hour, and im 16 :) i love my job.

  112. hannah July 1, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    hi i’m 15 and i’m looking for a job that pays well and i can do asa well as going to college when i turn 16 if anyone has any ideas please reply i would rather work somewere better than morrisons lol :)

  113. ERIC July 2, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    Adults dont understand our feelings… all they care about is themselfs having to earn more. IF they were in our positions i doubt they wouldnt like it too. so STFU ADULTS saying we are LUCKY to have some SH*T job like cleaning etc. why dont you try taking our job and see how would you like it eh? earning £1-4 is no way enough. You say we dont have experience… pfft we think more wiser than most adults out there and work much harder.

  114. POOR MAN July 2, 2010 at 1:25 pm #

    My uncle is about 40 years old now and he is having difficult times in work. He is getting £400 a month and thats no good! i begin to wonder how can you live in those wages. some of you get less than my uncle and he is having problems taking care of himself. he spends money each day to travel etc. and you guys are getting less. i feel sorry for you.

  115. Poor guy July 2, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

    Hi, just to let you know to those adults who thinks we are “lucky” to get a low paid job. Are stupid and fools.

    “BEN” i totally agree with you :D you see… people these days are idiots… *cough* KIM etc *cough*
    how do you expect us to live with the low wages we get. why dont you try doing our jobs – washing the dishes, cleaning the floor etc. Hard work jobs. i highly doubt you wouldnt like it. also makes me want to punch something too :P

    Also what do you mean by “welcome to the REAL WORLD”? lol you are silly… we are all in the SAME WORLD so treat us fairly.
    oh yeah, WHO GIVES A SH*T ABOUT THE AGE?
    alot of teenagers work harder, longer and better than adults then why does AGE matters. and we get paid way less.
    i really do feel sorry for some of you out there. i see your comments. i understand how you guys feel. They really need to TUNE UP THE WAGES!!!
    LIFE IS TOO SHORT so just pay us more wages instead of having us waiting till we are old enough.

    TBH i think that adults are just selfish and doesnt want to give us more money because they want to keep more themselves and make us work as SLAVES. we are not slaves… pfft.

    IMO we teenagers think more wiser than most adults out there. Kellie you totally right. We pay for most things now, even when i buy traveling ticket for 1 day (children as well) it cost me £8.50!!! and we dont even earn that much in an hour. just how fast money can go! therefore government reduce the prices…
    one more thing…VAT is increasing next year. everything from stores for cost 5% more! that just sucks.

    Peace out.

  116. Kane July 4, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    I get £7.12/hour
    £10.68/hour on a Saturday
    £14.24/hour on a Sunday
    I’m and love my job whilst I’m at college
    I earn roughly £200-£250 a week for 3 days work on a Tuesday Saturday and Sunday plus it must be the easiest job around seriously im a life guard and work for a council pool :D 15min work 15min break through out every single shift :D

  117. Adam July 5, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    Hey everyone when i first left school finding a job wasnt easy but i already had a background from music so i set out to start djin discos karaoke etc then worked in fish factory to save all my money for equipment on £5 odd n hour at 17 wasnt bad i done a whole month to earn enough to go n buy all my equipment then set up as self employed and now earn my own wage and work for no one else bar my self and its a really good laugh i have good fun with the customers and all the staff within the hotels pubs n venues i go to i only work no between 4-7 hours a night friday n saturday n get between £150 – 300 for the night i also manger couple bands soloists so bring bit extra money in for the gigs they do from my books so i use the min wage for a guide line in what people are paid n the bands make min wage and commition on the gig pending how good it went and the feed back made so they make about £30 for 4 hours which what 7.50 pound n hour for 16 year olds then if they done good gig they get extra £10 for bonus but all judged by the event holders not me.
    but i agree min wage for 13+s as they need something to enhance there abilitys to seek work in the future! also waged between 16- 21 should be just under 12+ not like nearly £1 just £0.30p then they wouldnt loss as much as full payin adult so like my self its easier to pay rent food and little things like clothe highly important lol
    Many thanks
    Adam Sayers
    DJ Sayers Live Roadshow
    My Sweet Surrender

  118. george July 5, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    URGGHHH i feel that the minimum wage should be hired becasue people like Kim Knight are saying that we should all go to collage and imporve oour earning potentials.. well kim i cant afford to put myself through collage or univeraity becasue i work all the spare time i get and only earn £35.70 and that is barely enought for half my weeks rent well actually my rent is just nder double that!! and do you know what we can do to and what i feel most business should do is to GET RID OF FOREIGNERS because they are siomply taking outr jobs !! i mean come on guys when was the last time you went into a restaraunt wether that me a nice one or simply just kfc and a british person servered you i cant remeber !! also i feel that if the goverment wants us to spend out money in shops and increase the economy they should increase the minimum wage because if i can barely afford to live how am i going to afford to buy things !!

  119. george July 5, 2010 at 11:28 am #

    also i get very annoyed when peoplle who do the same job as me get more money i mean come on that could be claseed as discrimination against younger people who work just as hard and for what !! 3.57 and hour !!

  120. george July 5, 2010 at 11:44 am #

    EMA

    what is with that BENIFITS for younsters!!
    everyone should get it or no one !!

    i mean come on why should my friends get money for turning up at school and i dont !!

    so because my parents could be bothered went to school and got okay jobs and earn just over the maximum for ema i should not be able to ema while others do !!

    and i fully understand why people turn to other means of getting money when if i work all the hours god sends me i will only get £30 for a weeks work and when i factor in my bus transport to and from collage every day i am still 4pounds short meaning that i need to find anither 4 pounds a week and thats mean then i can ONLY just afford to get to anf from collage !!!

  121. ashley July 5, 2010 at 9:30 pm #

    i also think it’s wrong but if you want the money get on with the job you all do stupid little jobs no offence like resturant work im doing a carpet fitting apprenticeship at a local carpet shop and its hard graft i always have to carry carpets which are heavy and underlay and the gripers my hands are ripped to shreads and ive already cut the top of my phumb with a stanly knife and hit my hand with a hammer very hard so stop moaning and get on with it im on £3.53 like all of you but just stop moaning i work mon-sat 7.30-5 olcock so just get on with it and keep motivated if you need some extra money on the side do door to door selling to pick some extra cash up :)

  122. theresa July 7, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

    We all have to start at the bottom and work our way up the ladder. Young people cannot do some of the things older people can do……by law. ie working some types of machinery …..food slicers etc.

    I started out on a low wage when I left school and through gaining experience in this job I started my own business.

    I employ lots of youger people and older people but I must say the older people in my experience are more reliable and dont have an attitude problem like some of the younger people.

    The world doesnt owe you a living. Work hard start at the bottom doing the menial jobs and work your way up the ladder

  123. Craig July 8, 2010 at 12:25 am #

    Hahaha Im 16 And I Get £4.75 per hour

  124. Sammi July 8, 2010 at 10:49 pm #

    Hey guys im a 17 year old girl and im in full time education, ive been working in a kitchen for about a year, im a sous chef/salad chef/ waitress and i get £8 per hour. I started on £5 an hour. Today i worked for 3 hours and got £30, a bonus of £6. I think it just depends on how hard you work. If you work harder you boss may decide to pay you more… rather like mine has clearly done :) Sammi x

  125. Abbie July 11, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

    i just started working for a hairdressers on a saturday 8:30-5:00 and am getting £10-a-week. i do like working here but surely this pay is too small, things need to change x

  126. Marcus Williams July 13, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    Im working 5 days a week and 8 hours a day for 100 quid lol

  127. lewis July 16, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

    im working 9 till 5 , monday to friday, for £20 a day, bt im 15 so i reckon its not that bad :)! Whys everyone so annoyed though, its only minimum wage, not what you gonna be on, if their kind, and if ur so bothered go get your qualifications!

  128. samantha July 31, 2010 at 12:44 am #

    well i work 42 hours a week and get paid about £1.80 an hour ? how pathetic.

  129. samantha July 31, 2010 at 12:52 am #

    …well i work 42 hours a week and get paid about £1.80 an hour ? how pathetic.

  130. neil andrews July 31, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    when I left school i did a (working class) apprenticeship and received around 1/5th of the mens wages.
    This would equate to around £58 – £60 a week today, full time. It wasnt much, but you learned a trade and the employers could afford 2 or 3 of us.
    Prices for ‘teenage’ goods and night clubs were correspondingly cheaper as a result of there being less money in the system, so it was enough to enjoy myself and still save at least £1 a week.

    Today, as an employer, I’d have to find £134.75, over double, for the same 16 year old. As a result I dont have any apprentices, and the youngsters have to look for the government for training, which is both costly to the taxpayer and often less than relevant in what you learn (as opposed to ‘on-the-job’ training).
    The result is mass youth unemployment and zero aspiration.

  131. J4yd3 August 16, 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    Ive just turned 21, i work in a pub and i get £6.75 an hour. excellent wage. for all you underpaid people out there go to citezens advive and they will tell you what you should be getting.. never mind minimum wage. it also goes by the job you do. i was only on £4.90 an hour and my friend who had worked there a year longer than me was on 6.75 an hour & shes 21 also, so we should of got the same rate. i went to see citezens advice and they said they were going to get in contact with my boss and sort this out. i got a phone call from my boss 2 days later saying hes gave me a raise to £6.75. i know it wernt a raise but i was just happy i am not getting ripped off that im getting the same wage as everyone else

  132. Meighan August 20, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

    I am 16 and only get paid £3 an hour can I do anything about this?

  133. Emily September 1, 2010 at 9:37 am #

    as i am nearly 16 i think that people at the age of 15 should get some money as well

  134. georgeia September 2, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    im 17 18 in 3 weks, when i was 16 i got a job in burtons menswear , i did 4 hours a week on the late night ( 3-7) and got 5.80 ph i was on 100 a month as i got national insuramce aswell i didnt enjoy it but the money was good until my college changed my days when they knew i worked on the days they changed it to! i had to leave my job and am now stuck with no job trying to find a flat as i got kicked out of home 6 months ago. i hate not working and am desperate to find a job so all you that are oaning about minimum wage i would be grateful for that tbh!!!

  135. georgeia September 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    and also even though i have a qualification in level 2 beauty therapy i cant use it as there are no jobs in that area!! i now have a useless qualification that i left my job to achieve!!

  136. arun akrki September 3, 2010 at 9:35 am #

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  137. Kirsty September 12, 2010 at 11:51 pm #

    I’m doing an apprenticeship and get £2.50 an hour and work 37.5 hours a week and I’m 16 is this right? should I be getting the minimum wage for my age category? could someone please give me some advice?
    Thanks

  138. Hannah September 14, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

    Well im 17 and have just recently started working in Co-Op. I get £5.84 :)
    I think the minimum wage for 16 and 17 year olds should get raised, as £3.57 is no way near enough. I think im lucky to get what i do.

  139. Hannah September 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    Meighan: ‘I am 16 and only get paid £3 an hour can I do anything about this?’
    This is not fair. The minimum wage for a 16 and 17 year old is £3.57. So no matter where you work you should be earning at least this.

  140. tom September 17, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    i am 20 years old and been working for 4 years, why should i get paied less for doing the same job as som1 who is older than me ???

  141. Teagan September 18, 2010 at 8:05 am #

    kim knight,
    i am only 15 i work in a video store in australia. i do on average 12 hours a week as well as my 9-3:15 schooling 5 days a week. I am left on my own for these hours, i do not work with anyone else. I lock up the store and put the alarm on, i close the store all by myself at only 15. The people i work with are all older than i am and allget paid more than myself. However we all do the same work and i can gurantee you i work harder than most of the girls i work with. No im not big noting myself. im trying to tell you that age or pay is not indicitive of how well you work and to what standards and infact your pay should be indicitve of this.
    Its not a matter of respect your olders its a matter of recognising that the youth can do the same jobs if not better. It only takes a matter of time for people to be trained up and then they are as good if not better as the next employee.
    Maybe you should think about that.

  142. Marcia September 19, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

    Well i get paid £100 a week and i work 40 hours.soo i get paid less then The minimum wadge so there is no point in having a min wage coz allot of da times its not followed.:@

  143. Mikeyy September 27, 2010 at 2:06 am #

    You all get soo low i get lottt more and im 15 i get 7.25 and im about to be a server hahahaha

  144. Fageyde September 27, 2010 at 9:43 pm #

    If you are 15 can you work at Home Bargains?

  145. Emma October 1, 2010 at 11:45 pm #

    Hi, I agree with majority and say that this minimum wage is unfair. I mean we are all hard working. Why can’t we get the same as a “hard working” adult? I have a job atm giving me £4.50 ph, however I am only given one 4 hour shift each week. I get paid at the end of each month. I occasionally get a odd 2 hour shift. But still it is still not enough. And some of us are doing this paid work to pay for travel to college (eg for me my train pass gives me half price but for 7 days my train ticket is £15.25… that is one weeks worth of pay so leaves me with nothing for social aspects; cinema, meals out and days out. I am now currently looking for a evening job in restaurants or retail sales assistants. KIM, you say we are lucky but we aren’t yeah maybe in your day £3.53 was alot but now-a-days things cost alot more and teenagers need more money. Yeah i could probably survive just about but my mum and dad hate me borrowing money off them cause my older siblings never got pocket money or allowances so I don’t get them either (considering i am the 4th child of 7 children) I just think that it is very predeudice to young people because your technically saying we do not work as hard as “adults” do. But we do and some of us more so. I have had a job since I was 13 (paper round) then when I turned 15 I got my current job at a cattery which I love but just doesn’t give me enough for college travel and some foods and just general social life… In PE we learnt you need free time to have a healthy lifestyle… Well most free time activities cost so I have to work to make them happen. :/

  146. ryan October 12, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    hello i am 15 years old and have a part time job in small shop i get paid 25 pounds for 8 hours work is this good?

  147. educate@home October 25, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    i agree it seams low
    but how many of you are living at home with parents, do not have responsibility of children or runnig a home
    ok you may pay something towards board at home
    but really… if you look at full rent/morgage council tax, maintance allowace if you have children who do not live at home with you, gas elec and water and then food, repairs of your home if you own the home, then compare it to what you have to pay out ( not take leisure stuff or take aways, cigs etc etc, these are not essential )
    then say its unfair,

    also for the person who is saying she works for £80 a week are you on a course getting your nvq etc this maybe more a a bonus for training at a work place more then a wage per hour or week
    but this is far cheaper way of learning as its hands on and getting your grades, they paying you to learn instead of you paying to attend the collage and getting yourself into debt through student loans etc to learn,
    i maybe dyslexic but it does not affect my daughters education, in fact she is advanced in her learning and will go far,
    she also has an understanding of the value of a pound and that she can budget her money she earns.
    i gave her an option she can earn, pocket money to the same as my minimum wage rate but she must pay half of everything and her own way, she declined as she knows even though i earn more i have to pay far more out, as it is not cheap to run a home and then be home educated on top, etc etc
    ps if you educate yourself on polotics then you will know the new gov are intending to make it worth your while to work
    don’t forget some of you maybe in tiled to tax credits a a family/couple and single person working tax credits
    to help top up your money if your not earning enough etc
    also if your desabled and working you may get extra help too
    try their web page i think its gov.co.uk

  148. educate@home October 25, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    good news for those who are not being paid min wage

    http://www.lifetracks.com/working/money/minimum-wage-changes?gclid=CMG1r6_u7aQCFSL92AoduXJT1Q

    Did you know?
    The National Minimum Wage was introduced in the UK in 1999 – unfortunately, that doesn’t mean all employers play by the rules.

    According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), in 2008 there were 288,000 jobs in the UK which paid less than the NMW.

    People in part-time work are twice as likely to earn less than the NMW.

    Of this group, women were more likely to be in jobs that pay less than the NMW, because more women work part-time.

    The good news is that changes brought in by the Employment Act 2008 mean that from April 2009, employers face a penalty if HMRC discover they have failed to pay workers the minimum wage. Workers will be entitled to have backdated wages repaid at current rates. The Act also gives HMRC officers new inspection powers.

  149. l c b October 28, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    i used to work at a home bargains.. and i believe their breaks method is illegal.. we worked 10 hrs on a saturday with just a half hr break… and 8 hrs on a sunday with 30 min break.. and when you only worked 6 hrs on sunday you only got a 15 min.. when the law is.. you should get 20.. ok it’s only 5 min difference, but it means a lot in a short time.

    when i was 18, they were paying me a 16 yr old wage on the pay roll.. the pay roll are very ‘arsey’ –

    it’s an industry where most management wak upon you, and the customers complete the uglyness.

    trust me – don’t ever fall into this hole

  150. nathan harrison October 29, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    hi just wont 2 now if you have any jobs going parttime could u plz let me now thanks

  151. Robbie October 30, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

    I’m 17 years old. I think it’s insulting how the guverment sets the min wage for £3.57 I work 10 houres a day wit tow half hour brakes and I get £35 a day witch is allright money but I work with a 22 yeare old and she get almost dubble for doing less work it’s not right

  152. Beni Minaj October 31, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    Hi my name is beni i’m 13 and 14 next year could i still work and where?

  153. Maddie November 1, 2010 at 7:39 pm #

    I used to work in a hairdressers, when I was 15 from 9-5 (plus longer if we still had clients) for a fixed amount of £20 a day, which my friends could earn in under 4 hours? Just because they were sixteen. The boss at the hairdressers, secretly sacked me just so she didn’t have to pay me minimum wage as my birthday was coming up. There was also a girl there who worked full time who didn’t receive a minimum wage until she was 19! i think it is disgusting how hairdressers get away with not paying a minimum wage! I also think the minimum wage here is far to low for teens, because not all of us get ‘ema’ and our parents have their own bills to pay!

  154. Becs November 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    Some people are so judgemental… reading through some of the comments people have made (Kim’s especially) has really highlighted to me how narrow minded people can be.

    Not all under-eighteens have dropped out of school/college to get a job. Some of us are still in full time education working 18 hours a week on top to help our parents out financially…

    On the wages front… I’m 16 and I’m a kitchen porter in a pub/restraunt and I get paid £4.75 an hour, can’t complain really!:)

  155. Dennis November 11, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    Hi
    I have just turned 16 and I get paid
    £3.68 an hour, I work in an arcade
    In the cashbox, 5-6 hour shifts and I would
    Work mon, wed, fri, sat and Sunday.
    Tbh the job is ok because I can lay back
    And play games on my iPhone but I
    Really want to quit and work somewhere
    Else that pays £4+ an hour.

    I am th oldest in my year and finish
    My exams in may, since it’s an arcade
    And winter is here I only get maximum
    2 shifts a week till spring hits again :/

    Any suggestions on where I can work?
    My local Mc donalds and KFC are full.

    I was wondering; would I be able to work in
    Asda, morrisons, home bargains
    Wilkinsons etc…?

  156. Grace November 12, 2010 at 6:31 pm #

    I work a 4hour shift every other week at the football team near me (Stoke City), I get £26 pound for the four hours. thats more than £6.50 an hour. I started when I was 15, i’m now 16 and it just depends on what jobs you do as to how much you get paid. i don’t get ema because of how much my parents earn, yet this isn’t fair at the fact they can’t afford to give me £30 a week. this is what needs sorting, not the minimum wage.

  157. william November 23, 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    i work on a farm and my hours vary, i start at 7.30/8 every morning and usualy finish at 5/6. unless we are busy at like summer time and that i can end up workin to any time at night. i do not get overtime, and am payed 5.65. is this right? btw i am 17

  158. dave December 21, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    17 years old 14,000 a year 4 and half days a week. apply yourself.

  159. Jane January 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

    I Am Now 17 With No Work Experience So What Would Be A Good Start For A Wage?

  160. jeniffer January 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    it is so cheap

  161. jeniffer January 27, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    o well we have to work like thta dnt we guys?
    :~(

  162. jeniffer January 27, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    i was wondering if students age 14-15 doing 2 week work experience in year 10 should thye get paye dor not or atleast get something for reward what u say ?

  163. Lucy February 5, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    This is so stupid! I’m 13 and i want a part time job to get to know what it’s like working and also to earn a little bit of extra cash so i can go out with my friends. But to be honest, i’m not sure if it’s worth it anymore. I read on a different website that you could earn UP to £3 an hour. I couldn’t buy anything for that. I am hardworking and would try my hardest at my job but for £3 an hour it sounds like they are expecting some really RUBBISH work. I dunno if it’s really worth it?

  164. meme February 20, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    haha i get 7.21 a hour

  165. jade February 21, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    I work 42-46hours i week and i’m on £3.64 an hour and i work as a receptionist,and then there’s other staff that are 18 that work same hours as me and come out with £280 a week when i’m only earning £150 a week. I pay board, so i don’t see why a person at 17 should get paid any less that a 18 year old. The goverment think were mature enough and responsibe enough to work, but were on a wage this low.

  166. Mark February 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    I worked as a paperboy from 13-14 for £25 a week. When i was still 14 I got promoted to actually work in the shop and am on £5 an hour :)

  167. DACARUS March 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    HELLO MY NAME IS DACARUS AND I AM IN NEED OF A JOB.I HAVE WORKED BEFORE BUT HAVENT EXPERIENCED THE REAL FEELING OF HAVING A REAL JOB.I AM 16 AND IF YOU COULD HELP ME FIND A GOOD JOB I WOULD BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO TAKE.

  168. harrym March 6, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    @ kalem – your son gets £130 for 11 hours work .. thats not worth complaining about really

  169. Amy March 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

    Ok i’m 19 and i work at a home bargains and everyone (16-60+) gets £5.93 per hour.

    To be honest all the kids under 16 shouldn’t have a ‘proper job’, (A, because you do not have to look after yourself, your parents are there to look after you as you get a good education, therefore feed, cloth, and keep a roof over your head. B, you can get a paper round and earn some pocket money (I did this myself). C, but you can always try volunteering at a charity shop on a saturday to gain experience (Again i did this myself)….do not expect to be straight on tills, you need to work up your responsibility and employers need to know that they can trust you!!!!
    (Once you have got some experience within a charity then potential employers might think that you have enough responsibility and that they may think you are a good candidate. This may only lead to an interview, but it’s a step in the right direction to get you confident with interviews and speaking to potential empolyers)

    I am not going to say all this will definitely get you a job, because, at this present time, jobs are very hard to come by. I personally only have only 3 valid gcse’s and was jobless for 6-7 months last year. Younger people are finding it a lot tougher because older, more experienced people are getting the jobs (again stability for the employer to know that they know what they are doing and they have probably done the same type of job before).
    All I can really advise you to do is if you are 13-15, try paper round, or try B+Bs as a chamber person (tidying up the beds, changing sheets, hoovering, polishing etc), but as a 13-15 year old you won’t get a ‘proper job’ because employers are not insured to take you on, (basically if you have an accident then they are in big trouble)
    16+year olds – again all I can advise you to do is go round your town/city centre and any other shopping parks you can get to by buses/walking/biking, and just constantly go into shops, or hotels etc and ask if they have any jobs, and ask if you could leave your CV for future job opportunities. Hopefully you will get some call backs and hopefully a chance of an interview.

    Amy

  170. aaron March 30, 2011 at 2:00 am #

    hi i just got the sack not so long ago i was 17 and as every other 17 year old or 16 need a job for many this small things even though transport is on there mind to get a car or bike witch both are out of the question as the insurance is too much. i worked as a fabricator doing lots of steel work and annoying jobs like tiding up alot i rarly got a good job such as technical work such as welding ect i got payed 3.50 an hour then a better lad came along same age as me and knocked my hourly rate down to 3.00 i was annoyed but there was nothing i could do or say reason for me loosing that 50p was because he had way way mare experience than me in the job and while he took all my good jobs i was practically the cleaner i worked from 8.00am to 7.00pm the hours where good i worked as long as i wanted being because the boss was a work alcoholic so some times i worked from 8am till 10pm even though the money was crap i got good hours i worked my arse off and was able to offord my honda cbr 125 it took 6 months too offord saving as much i can and using as little as 20pound going out money i saved around £1300 and bought my bike for that much i was then sacked after christmas all because i didt come in on the christmas holidays i never got bank holiday pay or christmas pay neither did i get any bonuses dont think that this guy didt have the money too because he did he was very wealthy own 60acres of land 50 horses and lots of veichles the list goes on am angry because it took me so long to work for my bike because of the crap hourly rate and the way i was treated as if i was cheap labour i live in england not thai land where there conditions are just as bad, thank you for reading

  171. aaron March 30, 2011 at 2:14 am #

    i just wish to reply to amy by saying that kids 16 less or older should have a proper job i am in the building industry worst hit by the credit crunch kids looking for jobs like mine for instants such as plumbing fabricating(metal work) need this kind of job to get the skill they need this kind of work isnt easy yes they need to work hard to gain respect and responsibilitie but also in the mean time get taught and shown how all this works or the next person putting in a new boiler in your house could be a ticking time bomb or the next extention on your house could fall all the way through to your living room all because they didt get shown how to fit the pipes properly all because they didt get shown that they need a steel gurder to take all the weight off the house and to keep it secure. hair dressing banking working in a shop pub teacher all easy jobs they take no skill just a trim here chuck money there pick up move plates and cups around they are easy jobs banking takes a bit of math but all a banker realy is, is either a thief or is just a cashier jobs such as mine like plumbing or a doctor takes skill both jobs are dangerouse and can kill someone sooner there are mare jobs such as these people as young as me will have at least 5 years experience or litte less by the time there 20 years of age i just wanna say not disrespect but kdis as old as 15 need jobs such as these, thankyou

  172. kelly bradshaw April 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    my sister is 17 an gets called into work when shes need an shes only getting payed 10 pound a day. even if she does a 8 hr shift.
    is this wrong an who would she have to speak to to sort it out

  173. Louise April 8, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    In response to Aaron’s comment, i think perhaps he should have stayed at school a little longer to improve his spelling before “knocking” those that have jobs like “just hairdressing” or “just banking”, (of which there is a lot of skill in both!) Youngsters working for peanuts (which is what this topic was originally about).The fact that they are working, instead of sitting on their bums all day, scrounging of the govenment is better than not! How disrespectful………

  174. babbi April 10, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    i get £6.00 an hour, working at a chinese take away and i’m 16 :) but i was real lucky to get the job

  175. E.S.B April 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    hi, i am 16years old and leave school in may, i was just wondering if i can work in tesco whilst i am still at school, as there is a job opening!

  176. Matthew R April 20, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    Hi, im 17. ive been working for a marstons pub since feb 2011. i work 8pm – 2am every friday and saturday for £3.64. this might be the minimum wage but its ridiculous for the hours and effort!!

  177. peach April 21, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    you discussed me by saying that about mcdonalds! I work there and I’m 17 and they do not pay £3.64 an hour! How dear you! At least I get off my bum and earn my own money, I am independent and do not get anything like EMA so I have no choice to work because I wouldn’t be able to afford anything.

  178. E.S.B April 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    Responding to Mathew R, i think you will be better off getting a new job. the pay isn’t worth the hours you are doing

  179. jessica wilkinson May 12, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    im 15 and still lookin for a job, if any body can help me please mail me on facebook. (jessiicaa wilkinson) thanks.

  180. sophie marwood May 17, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    i used to work at a hairdressers in my town at the age of 13 and for the full day from 8am till 6pm i used to get paid £13. now 18 i have realised that what they were doing was wrong and i advise any young teenagers to make sure that they are getting paid minimum wage.

  181. Matt May 17, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

    Im 16 working full time cheffing £6.50 an hour £3.53 Is not even worth going in for

  182. Jamie matthews May 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    Im 17 and I work 60 hours a week for £90 20 of which goes on lodge and the rest on food for work at the Start of each month I have to pay my contract so I have no money

  183. ollie May 21, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Im 16 and have just started a job in a kitchen washing up. I get paid 5 pound an hour and work 12 hours a week earning myself 60 pound a week averaging 240 pound a week . Essentially im now loaded from standing around :)

  184. Kathryn May 31, 2011 at 12:11 am #

    im looking for a job in sainsbuys but i dont know what age i have to be.? does anyone have any ideas..? cheers if so please get back to me thankyou.!

  185. E.S.B June 2, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    you need to be at least 16 but cant work there while you are still at school, but can if you are in sixth form or college

  186. MManStar June 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    Not good. Not good. It is terrible that people under 21 , (especially under-18s) get a raw deal when it comes to pay. I’m 17 and I don’t work but I have many friends who do and I can say for a fact that too many adults do not understand or care how hard so many of my peers work for what little money they end up getting. With the government we have at present I am dismayed that the minimum wage is unlikely to change any time soon.

  187. adam humphreys June 5, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    i have been working at my at a agricultural dealer ship for two years now that has been recently taken over my previous boss had already told me when i turned 18 i would get a rise to 4.96 per hour but my new bosses wont allow it and now i have to travel an extra hour a day to get to and from work because they close my depot down is this hardly fair especial as i do the same jobs as someone on 6.50 an hour i am currently only on 3.65

  188. aaaa June 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    I think you have a cheek saying I don’t know why any kid would want to give up a levels and get a job in mcdonalds. Everyone I know who’s done a levels are now trying to find a job. I’ve just left school and I’m getting a job in a shop and joining this website to get an agent and be on tv. So soon while I’m on tv in programmes earning a lot of money you come back to me and tell me how wrong I was for not doing a levels pahhh!

  189. kieren June 7, 2011 at 12:40 am #

    I have just worked a 24 hour shilft and i am 16 and get 5:46 an hour!!!!! I work in a hotel. !!!! This Is illlegal so all ur 8 hour shifts are nothing i normaly do 12 hour shifts for the same money as most u so Stop Moning!!?

  190. kieren June 7, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    I wish i could do 8 hours shifts not 12 or even 24 i do 60 hours a week .!!!

  191. J June 19, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Sucks to be all of you^^^

    I have just started a job (i’m 16) and i get paid 6.20 per hour. I work 15 hours a week. £93 per week and i overtime if i need it. Oh and i’m still in full time education.

  192. Jaymie-leigh July 5, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    I think this is all wrong!
    I work for my dad who pays me £20 for 1 day!!!!
    I am 14 and i also have a job in a flower field….picking flowers! It’s back braking work and i get paid £2.50 an hour and i work out there from 6 in the morning till 6 in the evening with only 30 mins for lunch! This is all wrong people deserve to get a better wage no matter how old they are!
    It’s age discrimination if ya ask me!

  193. Jamie July 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    i’m nearly 17 years old, just got a job working at £4 an hour, my boyfriend already works at this place before i have and the amount of hours he did for 4 pound an hour was pathetic! because were so young employers like to take advantage and as for the government there idiots. oh under 18′s are not the ones that are at grave concern because they still live with there parents? but teenagers still need to pay for going out, food when going out, there own clothes, trains, cars, insurance (if 17 and over). it hard enough for a teenager to get a job but what if our parents do not have the funds to be able to pay for everything?. considering teenagers over 16 have to pay for adult fairs on buses, trains ect the amount of money and less jobs available it is any wonder why kids are dossing about. seriously.

  194. mo July 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    i work 8 hours a day and earn £4.53 an hour which makes £36 a day
    its in a private company though
    im only 15

  195. Elissa July 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    how much would a 13 year old person in a shop get for 6 hours minimum altogether

  196. Yasmin August 3, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    Those wages kinda suck, they really need to increase. I’m 19, haven’t even started Uni yet, and I’m earning £7.11 an hour from doing art for an iPhone game.

    Yup. You get alot more money from learning, it’s so much more beneficial.

  197. gaynor August 3, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    my daughter is 18 had work at a country pub since she was 15 she started out waitressing and now managers the place but she only get 4.92 tell me is this fair. she has alot of resposability but she does it.

  198. S Abdullah September 4, 2011 at 12:05 am #

    Well I am 17 and I got a job at a restuarant for the summer, I work 3-6 shifts a week and my shifts are about 8 hours a day. I get paid £6 and hour, I earn about £150-300 a week. I am more than happy with my wages thank god.

  199. Krista September 5, 2011 at 1:09 am #

    I live in arkansas and was wondering if any one knew of a partime job, I am 16? Please Email me

    Thank You.

  200. Livvy September 5, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    I am 15 and I would really like a part-time job, to earn some money, and so I could put it on my CV, but everywhere I have looked there haven’t been any job opportunities because I live in such a rural area. Now I’m volunteering at my local library for a couple of hours a week, and I’m also volunteering at a local charity shop. I really enjoy it, but considering all the hours I put in, as well as school I would really like a proper job. (It’s good experience I suppose though.)

  201. Emma September 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    I get paid £7 an hour for gardening and i am 16, although i just got a job at mcdonalds and they pay me only £4.35 an hour =/

    • Natalie January 18, 2012 at 11:59 am #

      You cannot compare both of these! McDonalds is an excellent company, provide you with brilliant training and you are often given the opportunity, at least twice a year to get promoted. I’m on £4.50 and 17. I’ve had a job since 15 and I have worked at Maccies since May. I only get that wage for working in one of the busiest stores in the country. It’s not rubbish; you’re just not used to it. Welcome to the working world! :D

  202. will richards September 6, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    i am 15

  203. Astra September 9, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    it is illegal for a person under the age of 18 to work more than 4.5 hours without a half an hour break.
    it is also illegal for a person under the age of 18 to work more than 8 hours in one day.
    also under 18 year olds are not allowed to work before 7am or after 10pm by law.
    THE AMOUNT WE GET PAID IS DISGUSTING, WE’RE DOING THE SAME AMOUNT OF WORK AS EVERYONE ELSE WHAT HAPPENED TO EQUALITY?????

    • Natalie January 18, 2012 at 11:57 am #

      I am 17. I work for an increasingly popular fast food company. I work after ten pm sometimes and have started as early as 8am. If I give my permission to work these times, I am legally allowed to do so. STOP USING CAPITALS AND GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT!! I often work more than eight hours but I always get at least one forty-five minute break. Deal with it. Life could be worse.

    • Allan M May 8, 2012 at 9:39 am #

      The reason why you guys get paid less is cuz compair your life to other people. The people age 18 + thay have to pay more for everything. So thay would need more money to live with that and most of you guys underage. Get a free house free meal free cloths … some 18 year olds are alreadys parents and the fact that cuz you guys pay less you would save more therefore your more finalcaly prepaired for the road ahead. so my advise is save that money us it for a rainy day and you should Never Get your self into Debt !! unless your a rich b*^%$£” you know what i mean ….xD

  204. Jake September 18, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    I work at a big-named shop every friday, saturday and sunday (a total of 24.5 hours) for £6.08 per hour at 17! I’m more than happy with my wage considering my Supervisors (aged 26 and 38) only get 80p more than me!

    • dale September 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

      im 16 im doing 5 highers and every saturday and sunday i do a 14 hour shift im a chef in a restaurant and im bloody well good at it and im only on the minnim wage for my age but its worth the experiance id rather follow my carrer than get highers

  205. Jason Chan October 8, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    When i was 15 i worked for free =/
    LOL

  206. Charlotte November 16, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    On my Childcare Apprenticeship I get £2.60 an hour!! Its really bad!! I work more hours than most of the other staff and i have more responsibilities than some of the staff! they all get paid three times as much as me! i think it is very unfair!! I feel like they are just taking the piss!!! -_-

    • humairaa May 4, 2012 at 9:49 am #

      yea i’m doing the same i dont like it the pay is too less i put in more hours to get more money :/

  207. Laura June 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    yeah I’ve worked at a restaurant as a waitress for 2 years now, and at first I was getting £4 an hour, but lately they have dropped it to £3 an hour. I am now confronting my boss, because it isn’t even minimum wage for 17 year old :/

  208. Adam June 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    i work in my school, i work an hour a day at break and lunch and worked 18 days thoughout the mounth. I got £51.52 at the end thats less than £3 a day and im suppost to be on minimum wage, ivv told them about it but there has been too many exscuses

    WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT THIS?

    IS THERE ANY LEGAL ACTION I CAN TAKE? -Or orginisation i can contact, please help im 17 years old, and need the money to contribute towards rent or my mum is going to kick me out.

    • Joe January 14, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

      Quit?

    • jacob February 18, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

      im 16, i want to start earning my own money to pay for myself, i also have many activities that i would like to do before i am too old to and am paying rent, bills etc, ive been lookng for ages, applied for god knows how many places in all different areas and i recently heard from an employer that, after my records in school (attendence, behaviour. all perfect btw) that it was because.. i. have. long. f****ng. hair. i know it sounds as simple as just cut your hair, and i have but that is such a bullshit reason for not employing someone, i loved my hair (sounds gay i know) and i had to get it cut because i was a lad. its just as bad as not employing someone for being blonde, short or whatever.

    • tom March 27, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

      Write a letter mate. cooperate business have to respond to your letters by law. You’ll get your owed wages that way.

    • joshua castle April 18, 2013 at 11:50 am #

      if your mum doesnt work, then go to college. you will no longer be paid £30 quid a month as the government stoped that but if your in further education your mum will be paid money towards the rent that she wont you to pay… problem solved

  209. Edward July 3, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    im 17 and when i was born my parents invested £300 in apple stocks i then sold them a year ago and started my own bussnies and now have a yearly income of over 500k life is just about luck and taking risks cos u only live once :)

  210. lauryn August 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    i work in mcdonalds and get paid £4.35 and hour its teeeeeeeeeekkle biys

  211. Omique October 10, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    I’ve been working in McDonald’s for 15 months now, and was promoted to Crew trainer 3 months ago. so being 17 and on £6.30 an hour is pretty lucky. it doesnt go up when I turn 18 next year but it’s much better than the £4.35 I was working at before.Plus we’ve just had our national pay-rise so it will probably go up to £6.50.

    Plus McDonald’s is probably one of the best jobs you could get as a young person, it really develops life essential skills.

  212. Labor Law Posters November 21, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    Very detailed description! I am from US and also care about minimum wage change. Minimum wage increase is always good news to me!

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